The officiating was debatable throughout, with Kieran Donaghy and Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly tangling after just 20 seconds in what was certainly a scrappy affair.
The loss of Hosford, for a second technical foul, could have cost the hosts at a packed Parochial Hall, where for the most part the atmosphere was better than the basketball.
They got the perfect start to the third quarter with baskets from Lehmon Colbert and Hosford, but Pemberton came alive with a basket and consecutive three-pointers which saw the Kerry outfit surge into a nine-point lead.
The game certainly hung in the balance but the Warriors ran out of steam and ideas how to put the ball in the basket. Demons’ Irish players stayed the distance and American Colbert was heavy-legged but he made some vital contributions on the defensive end.